Ex Machina

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The Real Test “To be or not to be—that is the question.” [Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1] Things were changing when Mortimer Adler published…

Dr. Strange (Scott Derrickson, 2016)

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When battles are within and without Stephen Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) is a brilliant neurosurgeon with a worldwide reputation and an ego that…

Arrival (Denis Villeneuve, 2016)

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A gift from beyond the horizons of time The plot of this movie is relatively simple: twelve massive spaceships suddenly appear at various points…

The Reluctant Fundamentalist
(Mira Nair, 2013)

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In our globalized and pluralistic world, opposing views of life and reality can collide, resulting in distrust, and even, sadly, violence. How I see…

The Barbarian Invasions
(Denys Arcand, 2004)

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This Academy Award winning film (Best Foreign Language, 2004) is quirky, surprising, well-crafted, and designed to prompt discussion, if not sharp debate. The story…

Into the Wild
(Sean Penn, 2007)

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Some movies are like cotton candy, others like granola. Some are sweet but vacuous; others more demanding but more nutritious. Sean Penn’s cinematic adaptation…

Milk (Gus Van Sant, 2008)

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There’s a scene in the middle of Gus Van Sant’s Milk that, for me, captures the heart of the movie. The apartment Harvey Milk…

Valkyrie (Bryan Singer, 2008)

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Last fall my friend Adam was discussing The Counterfeiters with a German grad student, who asked, “Why is it you’re watching so many German…

Funny People (Judd Apatow, 2009)

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Apatow and Aristotle on Friendship I went into the theater expecting to love Funny People. I’d been pleasantly surprised by the way Judd Apatow’s…